This post comes from an idea from Debby – thanks, Debby! Reader additions are in red. Thanks everyone for making this a great resource!
I’m not talking about abbreviations (k2tog, sts, etc). While those are important, we do have them on the site.
I’m talking about all those acronyms (like TAAT) and special words (like laddering). Here’s a (I’m sure partial) list:
CAL: Crochet Along (thanks Alina!)
ER: Every Row/Round (often used when talking about an increase or decrease)
EOR: Every Other Row/Round
Frog: To pull out a portion of stitches (can include multiple rows).
KAL: Knit Along (thanks Alina!)
Ladder: To intentionally drop a stitch (or stitches) down to fix an error. It’s a way to avoid fully ripping multiple rows.
Lifeline (at left): A thin strand of other yarn or thread (often an unscented and uncoated dental floss) that’s threaded through stitches on the needle. It’s used to make it easier to put the work back on the needles if you need to frog. To make it easier to either thread onto a needle or pull out, I suggest using a contrasting color of yarn/thread. ETA – Lee and Michelle have commented that dental floss is too sharp to use as a lifeline. So, you may want to consider a thin crochet thread as Michelle below suggested.
LYS: Local Yarn Store
MCN: Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend
Rip: See frog above. Note this one sounds like “ribbit” and it’s another take on “frog”.
SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
TAAT: Two at a time (knitting both of the same thing at the same time, usually socks but could also be other things that are in two as well)
TINK: Unknit (backwards) in order to fix a mistake. Note that TINK is the word KNIT, but backwards. See how clever that is? (thanks Margo!)
W(Y)IB: With (yarn) in back (thanks Karen!)
W(Y)IF: With (yarn) in front (thanks Karen!)
UFO: Unfinished Object
These acronyms can be used when reading blog posts or patterns. Really, anywhere the written word is used when talking about knitting. I hope it helps when you’re reading on ravelry and when you’re trying to post to get help or assist someone else.
What else have I missed? I’d like to make this a living list and add to it based on all your awesome ideas. Leave a comment and let me know what I should add!